Embattled Carbon County Sheriff Barry Bryner was hospitalized after a high-speed chase from Helper to Price early Wednesday, and was being held in his room under armed guard.
A spokesman for the Carbon County attorney's office said it was screening charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to respond to an officer's signal.Helper Officer Charlotte Salyer said the incident started about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 50. A car failed to respond to her command to stop. She pursued the car, and extra officers were called in reaching speeds of about 90 miles per hour. The car being pursued became airborne and went off the right side of the highway into a swampy area at the intersection of Carbon Avenue and U-10 in Price.
Chuck Davis, hospital marketing director, said Bryner was admitted early Wednesday morning and was in fair condition.
Bryner had been scheduled to meet with county officials Wednesday to discuss his retirement.
Bryner has been the target of a Peace Officer Standards and Training investigation concerning allegations that he had sex with a dispatcher while on duty and lied about it. POST investigator William Flink is expected to make a recommendation to the POST council concerning Bryner's peace officer status.